Hello, everyone. My wife and I are visiting LA for five full days/nights plus one evening/night in late June. I’ve come here for sage advice regarding our stay.
We know we’ll stay in Santa Monica for one evening/night, plus one full day/night. We are then heading down to Malibu for a half-day, then over to the final destination for the remaining four days/nights. Where should that be? We’ll rent a car so we can drive to restaurants and sites during the day, but I’m really more concerned about the evenings when we’ll imbibe. I thought Hollywood might be within a good striking distance to surrounding neighborhoods with nightlife. Is there a better option? I’m basically looking for a neighborhood that is within a reasonable cab ride (or even walking distance) to the most restaurants and bars possible. And, I’d appreciate any suggestions for exact locations/streets within a particular neighborhood where there’s a good bar scene.
For some background information on the bar aspect, we’d like places that have fantastic outdoor spaces or have great views of the surroundings or make fancy cocktails or have craft beer or have a can’t miss happy hour or are quintessential LA experiences or are really interesting and unique - whether it’s a hole in the wall all the way up to a nicer atmosphere. My wife and I are in our mid-thirties, if that makes a difference.
There’s some great information on here already. I plan to heavily research establishments so I’m more educated. I’ll then probably come back and ask questions about specific cuisines, restaurants, and bars. In the meantime, the burning question is where to stay so we have access to said restaurants and bars. Thanks!